Cheater Beans Recipe

Fall is just around the corner, and these zingy beans with bacon are a perfect stick-to-your ribs side!


2 28-oz cans of baked beans (I prefer Bush Beans, original or Maple flavored)

¾ cup brown sugar

¾ cup molasses (use the full flavored not the lite versions)

4 oz. chopped cooked bacon

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 Tablespoon A-1 steak sauce

1/3 cup chopped white or yellow onions

Optional: For additional zing you can add horseradish, Pepperoncini juice, or mustard.


1. Drain the sauce from the beans, rinse under water and place in a Pyrex baking dish. Add the brown sugar, bacon, Worcestershire, A-1, and onions. Mix well.

2. If you like a little zip in your baked beans use one of the options listed above, personally I like the juice from Pepperoncini peppers (Mezzetta brand is my favorite).

3. Bake at 275 degrees for 2-3 hours.

Note: I put three to four strips of cooked bacon on the top of the beans for the last 1-1/2 hours.

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